Spacewalkers Wrap Up Battery Work, Prepare for Future Upgrades

Today’s 6h 1m ISS EVA resembled “Route 66” for Expedition 63 astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken. […]

Spacewalking Heavyweights Smoothly Complete S-6 Battery Swap

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy (right) and Flight Engineer Bob Behnken both completed their seventh career EVAs on Friday, 26 June. Photo Credit: NASA

Two of the United States’ most seasoned spacewalkers have completed the replacement of batteries in one of two power channels on the far-starboard S-6 truss segment on the International Space […]

NASA Outlines Upcoming Spacewalks; Crew Dragon Return NET Aug 2

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy (left) and Flight Engineer Bob Behnken work with Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) in the Quest airlock. Photo Credit: NASA

Two U.S. astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to begin the homestretch in a three-year-plus sequence of spacewalks to remove outdated nickel-hydrogen batteries from the […]

Cassidy, Behnken Primed for Spacewalks at Month's End

NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken will conduct two spacewalks at the end of this month to continue upgrading power systems at the International Space Station. Photos: NASA

With the U.S. Operational Segment (USOS) of the International Space Station (ISS) newly replenished to three members, following the recent arrival of Dragon Endeavour crewmen Doug […]

'Full Power for Full Science': Remembering STS-119, Ten Years On

The International Space Station (ISS), as it appeared in March 2009, as shuttle Discovery departed at the end of STS-119. The S-6 truss and its two sets of solar array wings are visible at the far right of frame. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Ten years ago, this month, the crew of […]

‘Knight in Shining Armor': 10 Years Since STS-117 Changed the Face of the Space Station (Part 2)

John “Danny” Olivas is just barely visible at center-right, near the deploying Photovoltaic Radiator (PVR) on the S-3/S-4 truss during the first spacewalk of STS-117. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this week, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on what would turn out to be the longest mission of her storied career, lasting almost […]

'Just Do It...Again': 10 Years Since STS-117 Changed the Face of the Space Station (Part 1)

Atlantis launches on her longest space mission on 8 June 2007. Photo Credit: NASA

Ten years have now passed since STS-117 literally changed the face of the International Space Station (ISS), delivering and activating a new set of power-producing solar arrays, batteries and radiators. Aboard shuttle Atlantis in June 2007 for what would […]

U.S.-French EVA Team Completes First Space Station Battery Swap

Shane Kimbrough made the fourth EVA of his astronaut career on Friday, 13 January 2017. Photo Credit: Shane Kimbrough/NASA/Twitter

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet spent almost six hours working outside the International Space Station (ISS), earlier today (Friday). During U.S. EVA-39—the 39th spacewalk performed from the station’s Quest […]

Kimbrough, Pesquet Ready for Second Space Station Battery EVA on Friday

Thomas Pesquet assists Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson as they pre-breathe on masks before EVA-38. Photo Credit: NASA/Thomas Pesquet/Twitter

For the second time in 2017, a pair of astronauts will depart the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, in support of an ambitious, multi-year campaign to remove 48 aging nickel-hydrogen batteries on the […]

'A Lot of Cheers on the Ground': 10 Years Since STS-116 Brought Power to the Space Station (Part 2)

The International Space Station (ISS) appears to “rise” from behind Discovery, as the two spacecraft near the end of their rendezvous on 11 December 2006. Photo Credit: NASA

When Commander Mark Polansky docked Space Shuttle Discovery onto the International Space Station (ISS) on 11 December 2006, ten years ago, today, he kicked off […]